January 5th, 2007

94 reasons to feel better about independent bookstores

The American Booksellers Association reports that 94 new independent bookstores opened in 2006. That makes me feel a lot better about news like this and this. Click here for the article about them, as well as the full list. I wish I would have seen an Oregon store on that list, or a Washington one. Still the number 94 sounds so promising!



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Giving it away - to make money?

Cory Doctorow (has to be related to EL, right?) has an interesting piece in Forbes about how giving away from e-books of his books has made him successful.

"When my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, was published by Tor Books in January 2003, I also put the entire electronic text of the novel on the Internet under a Creative Commons License that encouraged my readers to copy it far and wide. Within a day, there were 30,000 downloads from my site (and those downloaders were in turn free to make more copies). Three years and six printings later, more than 700,000 copies of the book have been downloaded from my site. The book's been translated into more languages than I can keep track of, key concepts from it have been adopted for software projects and there are two competing fan audio adaptations online"

Read more here. What do you guys think? Is this unque to him?



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